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FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012

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The transits came fast and furious during Tuesday's full moon. The sun and Mercury aligned to present a technological carnival of wonders. Saturn went retrograde to test our discipline. Venus entered Aries to turn up the passion. And we're still in the cosmic whirl, trying to regain equilibrium. The grounded Virgo moon comes to the rescue.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You think you are explaining yourself well. What you can't account for is the level of distraction that others encounter inside their own heads. Your patience will be required.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll do all you can to maintain an appealing atmosphere. You won't let anyone encroach on your space, freedom and peace, and you'll protect those you love from invasion, as well.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Movement is essential to your growth process. As you physically move through your environment, you mentally move through obstacles, troubles, fear and anything else holding you back.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The one who catches you off guard also captures your interest, attention and affection. You may find yourself thinking of this person well into the evening.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Life is like rock climbing. When you know you have a strong measure of security in your connection with the rock, it is easier for you to swing out and savor an adventurous piece of sky.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You have a gift for making people cooperate, even when they think the task at hand is tedious. You help everyone see the benefit to living in an orderly, cheerful and efficient manner.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Anyone who's achieved greatness knows that a lot of effort, forethought, insight, planning and practice go into turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You can stroke a person's ego without doing what the person is asking you to do. You have a clever way of dealing with the one who is notoriously hard to manage.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You'll wonder at the curious turnarounds of the day. For instance, enjoyment turns out to be more work than working. You're determined to make the best of things, and that's just what you'll do.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll be in the mood to initiate the action. Small won't count. Sweeping, grand gestures will go over well, if only because not many people have the guts to make such a strong statement.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You love it when an idea comes together, and right now you're working on one that could transform your world. That stated, it's the practical moves you make now that will bring you the most satisfaction.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Arguments will shake up the day, and the future will seem uncertain. Your powers of empathy will be tested, and you'll come through with flying colors. If anyone can find a compromise, you can!

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 9). You have a killer instinct for business. In the next six weeks, you'll make more money for doing the same amount of work. A turn of events in March may be hard to assimilate at first, but ultimately it's what allows your heart to be most fulfilled. You love a mystery, and the one in your own family tree will be riveting this summer. Aries and Virgo people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 25, 2, 15 and 30.

COUNTDOWN TO V-DAY: The Valentines will be flying next Tuesday, and if you haven't already figured out how you're going to express your heart, you still have enough time to come up with something good. If you're an earth sign — Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn — you'll be wise to focus on the senses, both yours and your loved one's. You truly have a gift for homing in on just the scent or taste that will most capture the attention and imagination of your love. Of course, your highly tuned eye and your musical ears will also play a part, but none so important as your sense of touch.

It's the assuring pats, loving nudges and soft caresses that bond you with your loved ones. As you deliver your notes or gifts, remember that the warmth of your hug and the sweetness of your kiss will make the difference between a nice gesture and a truly memorable encounter.

Ideas for gifts: dinner and music, a night on the town, gourmet food, zingy, hand-printed notes, a thoughtful and sentimental playlist, body lotions and scents, pajamas or sheets.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Carole King's memoir, "A Natural Woman," is scheduled for released in April of this year. This chronicle of King's rise from her Brooklyn beginnings to superstardom as one of the most iconic songwriters of all time comes on the heels of her first holiday album. King was born when the sun, Mercury and Venus were all in musical Aquarius and Mars, Saturn and Uranus were in Taurus, the sign of the voice.

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